shwarma’s Loveworthy Live EP Is Full Of Greasy-Smooth Music

Introducing: shwarma

Shwarma is a unique psychedelic and progressive rock band based in Denver, Colorado. The band is made up of five members: Pieter Montoulieu, Jackson Kaufman, Steve Sanchez, Dalton Groves, and Kevin Schultz. Their first EP, titled Angular, was released in September of 2017. Since then, they’ve continued to craft incomparable, ever-changing sounds.

When listening to music from shwarma, you’ll hear a wide assortment of genres. This eclectic group creates music that spans many genres including funk, latin, grunge, prog, jazz, punk, and reggae, to name a few. This group’s music and lyrics are brimming with spunk and personality. Their latest full-length album, Emily’s Aparments, showcases this beautifully.

Throughout the last three years, shwarma has performed at a handful of venues all around Denver. Of course, this was before most venues were temporarily closed in 2020 for COVID-19 concerns. Globe Hall, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake, and the Hi-Dive have all had their stages graced by shwarma at one point in time.

Loveworthy Live EP

This Valentine’s Day, shwarma debuted the Loveworthy Live EP on their Facebook and Youtube pages. This is their fourth release and is complete with five slow-groovin’ love songs. In addition to five new songs, they are also releasing a video to accompany each track! The audio and video for this new EP were all recorded live back in November. On February 15th, the Loveworthy Live EP became available on all streaming platforms for listening.

Each track on the EP has a sort of retro, groovy vibe. A wide variety of instruments can be heard including saxophone, horns, percussion, and guitar. Even more so, deep, occasionally warped vocals really add to the greasy smooth feel of these tracks.

Furthermore, shwarma yet again provides listeners with a truly diverse listening experience. The Loveworthy Live EP bears tracks that will make listeners want to dance around their living room, like “Wouldja Rather?“, and a slow, haunting track called “Baby, No“.

Valentine’s Day Videos To Make You Swoon

The premiere of the Loveworthy Live EP was live-streamed on both Facebook and Youtube. Luckily, these live-streams were saved and are now viewable to anyone that might have missed the live event. These songs and accompanying videos were recorded in Denver at Lighting Services Inc.

This video event starts off by referencing their previous live stream event for Emily’s Aparments. Then, it opens with the band dressed in retro attire, ready to funk it up for “Wouldja Rather?“. A huge green screen was used while filming, as the background of this video is full of bright, neon colors.

Some of the other videos seem simpler. For instance, the video for “Instinctual Love” is black and white and consists of each band member wearing a formal suit. However, each individual video tells a story as well as the live stream as a whole. When watched from start to finish, viewers are taken on an interstellar, psychedelic journey through time.

Conclusion

The funky five-piece band that is shwarma continues to bring their own personality and sound to the Denver music scene. Their ability to play any genre under the sun really does give them a leg up, as listeners never quite know what they’ll hear next.

This past year, they’ve gotten a surplus of time to focus more directly on their music as opposed to putting together live shows. However, their Loveworthy Live EP provided their audience with the feel of a live show since both audio and video were recorded from a live performance.

In the words of shwarma, “we’ve got high hopes for the future and look forward to continuing bringing you the pure, unadulterated shwarmth.”

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Shpongle Droid Staggering Fillmore Takeover

As the sun began to set across the horizon in the Denver Metro area, fans from all around the US gathered on December 6, 2019, to witness the incredible performances by Shpongle, Android Jones, and Desert Dwellers. The showcase featured outstanding visuals created by none other than Android Jones. The Party Guru Press team had an efficient entry into the venue due to the strategically placed entrances. The event, held at the newly renovated Fillmore Auditorium, provided plenty of space for everyone to move about. Several bars were also located throughout the venue. Getting drinks was an absolute breeze. With a setting like this, Party Guru Productions was quick to capture the ambiance of the night. 

The Shpongle Duo

Shpongle was formed in 1996 in England, by Simon Posford (also known as Hallucinogen) and Raja Ram. Generally, the duo would make music in the Psychedelic ambient, Psychedelic dub, and Psytrance genres and when Posford was asked to describe his music he responded it’s “like nothing you’ve ever heard before.” Raja Ram contributes a broad spectrum of musical compositions as well as flute concepts. Meanwhile, Posford generally focuses on production studio work, live instrumentation and usually is responsible for the synthesizers. Since the release of their first album, Are You Shpongled?, the group has continued advancing their music career seeming to drop a new studio album about every four years. The latest one, Codex VI, released in 2017. These days they are on the move touring around the United States.

Desert Dwellers

Treavor Moontribe and Amani Friend, or more commonly referred to as Desert Dwellers, opened up the night at the Fillmore, setting the mood just right for anxious fans. Desert Dwellers have been shifting listeners into a state of complete bliss for a few decades now. Joining groovy sounds with vibrations of serenity and skillfully blending in percussion and deep base. The crowd began moving with synchronization to the melodic sound of Desert Dwellers.

The dazzlingly lighting combinations took our team aback. The lighting paired with the sacred geometry visuals really brought the entire experience together. Desert dwellers joined in with acrobats, aerialists, fire performers and an array of musicians. Amani and Treavor began their careers as independent DJ’s and music producers in California and New Mexico. Today they have earned the reputation as one of the most prolific tribal trance artists in the United States. 

Spectacular Shpongledroid

Behind Shpongle were mesmerizing visuals from the notorious Android Jones adding even more of a galvanizing effect sending the crowd into a trance-like state. The visuals consisted of a pastel palette paired with a geometric psychedelic vibe. Along with the unusual visuals, Shpongle had an array of tribal dancers in store for the crowd. The dancers created a tribal and primitive choreographed set that drew the crowd in. The crowd also seemed very tranquil and spread out. Everyone had enough room to dance around without the bother of running into someone, or something. Each and every soundtrack played melted into a rhythmic jam session constantly pulling the crowd into a dreamy state. Once again, Shpongle put on an exhilarating performance.

Mission Successful: with the combination of these artists, dancers, and all the unbelievably charming merchandise at the vendors’ tables, it’s no wonder this night was so spectacular. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Shpongle, we urge you to. Very few artists can capture the energies and feelings of a whole genre as strongly and brilliantly as Shpongle does. If you missed out on this show, you should consider catching the next one. Luckily for all of you, Shpongle is heading to New York this upcoming December 14 and 15! There are tickets available for his Brooklyn destination on their website!  

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